Converting and process films supplier Mid South Extrusion (MSE) has announced the addition of a tenth production line at its Monroe facility in Louisiana, US.

With the $4.5m investment, Mid South will modernise its Ouachita Parish operations. The facility produces polyethene films for packaging and other industrial, as well as commercial applications.

The company is retaining 128 existing jobs at the plant in Monroe.

Mid South president Ron Mason said: “The management of Mid South Extrusion is excited to announce our investment decision in a new state-of-the-art, five-layer, blown-film production line.

“In addition to substantially increasing our plant capacity, this investment will allow MSE to target new markets and customers in the food packaging sector.”

Founded in 1986 as a small blown-film company, Mid South manufactures polyethene films for retail packaging, lamination substrates, construction and pipe wrapping applications.

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The company also produces packaging film that is used for various applications such as medical, textile and canning.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: “This family owned-company found a niche in its manufacturing sector, leading it to expand and add more jobs time and again.

“This latest investment and the new jobs that will be created are welcome news for the north-east region.”

Mid South expanded its operations in the past 33 years and its production facility increased from 17,000ft² to 200,000ft².

For its project, the company secured a competitive incentive package from LED, which includes a retention and modernisation tax credit, valued at $180,000.